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Definition of brash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : brittle brash wood
2a : heedless of the consequences : audacious a brash adventurer
b : done in haste without regard for consequences : rash brash acts
3a : full of fresh raw vitality a brash frontier town
b : uninhibitedly energetic or demonstrative (see demonstrative entry 1 sense 3) : bumptious a brash comedian
4a : lacking restraint and discernment : tactless brash remarks
b : aggressively self-assertive : impudent brash to the point of arrogance
5 : piercingly sharp : harsh a brash squeal of brakes
6 : marked by vivid contrast : bold brash colors



Definition of brash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mass of fragments (as of ice)

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Other Words from brash


brashly adverb
brashness noun

Examples of brash in a Sentence


She asks such brash questions. a brash request to get something for free

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Long known for his brash style, Brodsky garnered national attention for his representation of Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant convicted in 2012 of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Jason Meisner,, "Attorney Joel Brodsky's suspension from practicing in federal court cut to 6 months," 12 June 2019 Kane's Rexy is a brash young thespian with sharp elbows and a tragic backstory. Jeffrey Gillespie| For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Elvis impersonator transforms into drag diva in endearing ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’," 10 June 2019 Only a small group of Tamalpais High School’s 1,600 students take part in this ritual of brash high jinks, bluster and teenage torment. Rachel Swan,, "‘Hook up with an eighth grader’: Mill Valley high school students in hot water over to-do list," 7 June 2019 On one level, Trump's brash lobbying in foreign countries is just another case of norm-busting for a president who often rejects the niceties of both domestic and international politics. NBC News, "Trump normalizes foreign election intervention ahead of 2020," 3 June 2019 The Final Four in San Antonio next weekend will feature a mix of favorites and underdogs, traditional programs and a brash upstart. David Wharton,, "Final Four in San Antonio will be a mix of traditional powers and one amazing upstart," 26 Mar. 2018 The Woman’s Party was the young, brash upstart, impatient with polite methods, willing to provoke — picket the White House during wartime, burn the President in effigy, go to prison — to make a scene and ratchet up the pressure. Elaine Weiss, Time, "Women's Movements Are Facing Internal Divisions. History Shows That's Not Necessarily a Bad Thing," 6 Mar. 2018 The eldest of Victoria, Princess Royal's children, Wilhelm was considered brash and impulsive, traits that alienated many and played a significant role in the start of the war. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 Bana, on the other hand, is brash and creepy as John, yet there's still something about him that's completely charming. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Dirty John Is the Break I Didn’t Know I Needed From All the Christmas Cheer on TV," 26 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If Peter Voulkos pushed ceramics to a new level of machismo, Neri's work closes that gender gap with its brash, irreverent, all-caps NUDE WOMEN machisma. Leah Ollman,, "Ruby Neri sculpts flamboyant, fearless, nakedly female figures," 7 June 2019 Michael Avenatti rose to fame last year as the brash, camera-ready lawyer for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Avenatti Charged With Stealing Money Owed to Stormy Daniels," 22 May 2019 Now, ineligible to be premier due to a tax fraud conviction, Berlusconi, 81, could be eclipsed by the brash Salvini. Washington Post, "Election projections point to euroskeptic shift in Italy," 4 Mar. 2018 This touching tale of animals and humans interwoven in the cycle of life needs a delicate balance of comedy and pathos, and the Glimmerglass Orchestra, led by Joseph Colaneri, was brash and occasionally scrappy. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "The Glimmerglass Festival and ‘A Quiet Place’ Reviews," 13 Aug. 2018 Exxon’s management has been called brash over the years. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Slouching Tiger: Why Exxon Isn’t Worth Its Premium," 30 July 2018 Dan remembers the brash, colorful mural the architect swabbed across two walls of the Nivola family living room. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 2018 In 2005, Donald Trump kicked off a decade-long buying and spending spree, vastly expanding his hotel and golf-course empire and cementing his image as a brash impresario. Jonathan O’connell, The Seattle Times, "Donald Trump’s decade-long buying spree defied norms and tapped an unusual source," 8 Oct. 2018 Maybe there was a time when humor could be found in such a brash, violent statement of intent, but not at 4:02 p.m. on a steamy hot afternoon in 2018. Jeff Bogle, Good Housekeeping, "My Daughter's Note from a Friend at School Joked, "I'm Going to Kill You."," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of brash


1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brash


origin unknown


obsolete English brash to breach a wall

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English Language Learners Definition of brash

: confident and aggressive in usually a rude or unpleasant way
: very strong or harsh


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Medical Definition of brash

1 : an attack of illness especially : a short severe illness

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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